Regional hub reminder

Premier Palaszczuk urges the federal government to prepare for the future

Coronavirus
 A secure quarantine hub could be established at Wellcamp Airport, outside of Toowoomba.

A secure quarantine hub could be established at Wellcamp Airport, outside of Toowoomba.

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Ahead of a meeting with commonwealth's national security committee, Premier Palaszczuk warned of more lockdowns if Australia does not better prepare for the future.

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has called on the federal government to better plan for the future, reminding Prime Minister Scott Morrison that the proposed regional quarantine hub outside Toowoomba is still on offer.

Pre-empting the Federal Government's decision to suspend all flights from India until the 15th of May, Premier Palaszczuk said Queensland is still vulnerable to more circuit breaker lockdowns, as long as hotels are relied upon for international quarantine.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison call to suspend all flights from the populous country came after Perth's latest outbreak was linked directly to travellers returning from India.

More than 8,000 Australian's are currently trapped in the COVID-ravaged country, which recorded a record breaking 350,000 cases on Monday.

Premier Palaszczuk was one of several state premiers calling for the suspension and warned that more lockdowns were imminent if Australia does not better prepare for the future.

"Our hotels are not hospitals that can treat infectious issues like COVID," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"Regional centres like Howard Springs have been working well."

In January, Premier Palaszczuk presented the federal government a purpose built facility in the grounds of Toowoomba's Wellcamp Airport, submitted by the Wagner family.

"We have been putting on the table clear options for some more regional quarantine facilities. I've put in place the Wellcamp in Toowoomba where the facility would be built right next to the airport," she said.

"We are now seeing more highly-infectious strains coming out around the world and we just don't know in the future how they will be contained in hotels."

The Toowoomba Wellcamp regional quarantine hub proposed has been in the federal governments hands since January, according to the Premier.

"Why are we not looking at more options? We have to keep our country safe," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"I can't see that crystal ball into the future, we have to plan for the future and the pandemic isn't going away anytime soon."

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